Marine debris policy to be introduced, says Yeo

Environment minister Yeo Bee Yin says multi-agency operations are being mounted at major ports to prevent the import of plastic waste.

KUALA LUMPUR: A marine debris policy will be established to holistically address plastic waste polluting the seas and beaches, Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin said today.

Yeo such ineffective plastic waste management had led to pollution.

She said the policy will also be aligned with the Bangkok Declaration on Combating Marine Debris in the Asean Region and the Asean Framework of Action on Marine Debris, adopted during the Asean Summit on June 22.

She was responding to a question by Dr Ahmad Azam Hamzah in the Dewan Negara on what the government was doing to regulate the use of plastics polluting the environment, particularly marine life.

Yeo said the government was actively mounting multi-agency operations at major ports across the country to prevent the illegal import of plastic waste.

It was taking enforcement measures against plastic recycling factories operating without licences or in contravention of the law.

She said 175 factories which had contravened the Environmental Quality Act 1974 had been forced to stop their operations.